There is nothing eternal in the world. So Bosch dishwashers periodically fail or start to work with violations. There are a number of breakdowns that are most common with these machines. And before you call a repairman to your house, try to fix the problem yourself using this guide.
5 common Bosch dishwasher failures and how to fix them
Before starting work, unplug the dishwasher from the household mains to avoid electric shock. Start work only when you are confident in your abilities. To facilitate the process, use the Bosch machine diagram. It shows its internal structure and you will not have problems with disassembling the machine and finding one or another part.
The machine automatically fills with water when switched off.
If you do not want to flood your own apartment and the neighbors below you, you must immediately solve this problem. At the same time, you should not rely on the protection of electronics, it is not omnipotent.
The problem is most often associated with the water supply valve. It gets stuck in the open position, after which water freely enters inside. This happens even when the machine is turned off. This usually happens after the solenoids are stuck, which is caused by the buildup of calcium carbonate in hard water. We recommend using dishwashing detergents that soften the water.
If the valve passes a small amount of water, this is not a reason to relax. In a matter of hours, it will reach the mesh of the fine filter, after which it will rise above its level.
How to fix the problem: buy a new valve and replace the old one. This item is not repairable. Order the part directly from the company or from authorized Bosch service centers.
Dirty water enters the dishwasher
An equally common problem that leads to leaks and unsanitary conditions. With a high degree of probability, it is caused by damage to the check valve, the task of which is to ensure the removal of water from the machine. If it is damaged, part of the waste water is returned back.
We noticed such a problem in ourselves – pay attention to the check valve. On some models, it is located inside the tank of the machine in close proximity to the drain pump.
To replace a valve:
- Open the dishwasher door.
- Remove the lower basket in which the dirty dishes are placed.
- Remove the bottom atomizer. It sprays the incoming water, evenly irrigating the dishes placed in the basket.
- Remove the strainer basket and the filter itself.
- Remove the check valve. To do this, use a flat head screwdriver.
Place the new siphon valve in place of the old one. To make sure it is firmly fixed, press it. Assemble the components in reverse order.
Water drain problem
During normal operation of the machine, dirty water must be drained from the inside almost completely. A small residue (up to 1 cm) is allowed to prevent the sealing gums from drying out and increase their service life.
If there is more water than needed, it is necessary to check the system for blockages, and until this moment do not use the dishwasher.
By the way, before starting work, make sure that the drain hose is not pinched somewhere.
Sequence of steps:
- Remove filter and drain. If the volume of water is high, scoop it out using a container and a rag.
- Take another dry rag or paper towel, put it in the drain of the machine, clean out all the debris.
- Take a screwdriver and unscrew the nut. Remove the part to access the impeller (impeller).
- Move the impeller to make sure it is not stuck. If there is trash, take it out.
Also inspect the check valve. Pull it out and check for particles stuck in it. Your task is to clean everything, after which the water will leave as it should.
Water does not enter the dishwasher
Sometimes it happens that water does not enter the machine at all. In this case, its further operation is not possible. The problem lies all in the same inlet valve, which goes into the open position after starting the pump.
Solving the problem is easy – you need to replace the old valve with a new one. It is accessed through the bottom panels. Sequencing:
- Disconnect the wires, water hose, remove the brass elbow.
- Remove the failed inlet valve, put a new one in its place. Assemble the elements and check the operation of the dishwasher.
Additionally, we recommend that you check the condition of the solenoids located inside the valve. These are magnets that ensure its opening and closing. Use a multimeter for this purpose.
The machine does not dry dishes
This is the final problem with Bosch dishwashers. Dishes may dry poorly or remain wet until they dry naturally. It is too long. You will have to take out the dishes and wipe with a towel. You will get tired of doing this all the time, so you need to fix the problem.
In order to accurately determine the cause of this phenomenon, it is necessary to pay attention to the method of drying dishes: using a heating element / fan motor / fan.
First check the dishwasher motor and vent. If it does not open correctly, the problem is in it, it needs to be replaced. If all is well, check the fan motor with a multimeter. Check for open circuits, short circuits, etc. Order a new motor and install in place of the old one. If the engine comes with a fan, then buy one.
Sometimes it happens that the fan blades are simply blocked by something and cannot spin up. Turn them by hand, inspect carefully, you may be able to find the source of the problem.
If you checked everything and found nothing, pay attention to the heating element. He could be out of order. Remove it and replace with a new one.
Please note: sometimes the dishes do not dry well due to improper folding. Place it at an angle or upside down. Also, not all washing modes involve drying. This happens when you wash fragile dishes, such as glasses.
All newly purchased items must match your dishwasher model. If you cannot choose by characteristics, look at the marking and order a similar item.
Do not forget about the instructions for the equipment from the manufacturer. There is a list of common failures and their causes. By following the requirements, you can save your time by finding the real cause faster. If you are not confident in your abilities, contact a qualified specialist, but ask to do all the work for you, if possible.
Self-elimination of breakdowns is guaranteed to lead to savings in the family budget. New knowledge will be a plus if you have not done such work before. Also, you will avoid pulling money out of you by negligent craftsmen.